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Bachelor's Degree Program

Petroleum Systems Engineering

Earn a degree that can net a $100,000 starting salary. Petroleum engineering salaries average the highest among all engineering disciplines, according to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan. Look no further than the University of Regina's petroleum systems engineering degree, which is one of only three undergraduate petroleum engineering degrees in Canada.

As a petroleum systems engineer, develop techniques to:

  • Recover and transport oil, gas and other minerals
  • Reduce environmental impacts
  • Use pollution remediation and greenhouse gas reduction techniques

U of R’s petroleum systems engineering graduates, who work in the heart of Canada's oil and gas industry, make the industry stronger because of the tools we have at our disposal. Work toward a lucrative petroleum engineering degree, while focusing on:

  • Reservoir engineering
  • Drilling engineering
  • Production engineering
  • Natural gas engineering
  • Enhanced oil recovery (EOR)
  • Reservoir modeling and simulation
  • Well logging
  • Well testing
  • Well stimulation
  • Pipeline engineering
  • Petroleum waste management

Get co-op and internship experience in the petroleum systems engineering degree through U of R's Co-operative Education & Internships program. Earn typical salaries amounting to $8,000-$13,000 and jumpstart your petroleum engineering career.

Our engineering programs are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. Once you have your bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from University of Regina, you'll be qualified to register with provincial/territorial associations, putting you on track to become a professional engineer.

What Is a Petroleum Systems Engineer?

Petroleum systems engineers work at private and public organizations to recover and transport oil, gas and other minerals with minimal environmental impacts and develop new techniques to enhance oil recovery and conduct modern reservoir management. The petroleum systems engineering degree offers many career paths to choose from, including opportunities such as exploration engineering, well logging engineering and drilling engineering. Petroleum systems engineers — especially those who graduate from the U of R — emphasize environmental impact and reducing pollution. Petroleum systems engineers get job opportunities around the world.

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Quick Facts

Program: Bachelor of Applied Science in Petroleum Systems Engineering Bachelor of Applied Science (Co-op) in Petroleum Systems Engineering Bachelor of Applied Science (Internship) in Petroleum Systems Engineering
Length: 9 semesters
Accreditation: Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB)
Offered Through: University of Regina
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Why Study Petroleum Systems Engineering at the University of Regina?

I graduated from the U of R in the spring of 2019 and have been working at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. as a Thermal Depletion EIT for the past year. In thermal, steam is injected into the reservoir to reduce the oil viscosity and make production possible.

I enjoy working in oil and gas because it provides a challenging and rewarding work environment that promotes strong teamwork. In my current role I have been able to apply my petroleum systems engineering degree to initiatives such as steam scheduling, production forecasting and steamflood optimizations.

To anyone interested in pursuing an engineering degree from the U of R, the university's co-op program is above average and provides students with an excellent opportunity to apply their knowledge to real life problems throughout their degree. CNRL was one of my co-op placements through the university, which allowed me to gain industry experience and build the connections required to find employment post-graduation.

Bradon DeLair '19
BASc in Petroleum Systems Engineering
Thermal Depletion EIT, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

Petroleum Systems Engineering Frequently Asked Questions

Are scholarships and financial aid available?

Up to seven first-year engineering students who choose petroleum systems engineering as their major have chances to receive $500 per semester for two semesters.

Other engineering scholarships and awards students qualify for include:

  • Crescent Point Scholarship in Petroleum Systems Engineering ($1,400)
  • Harald Liebe Undergraduate Scholarship in Petroleum Engineering ($4,000)
  • Associated Engineering Award
  • Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) Engineering Prizes
  • Brownlee Beaton Kreke Scholarship in Engineering
  • Engineering Leadership Award
  • Friends of the University of Regina - Engineering and Applied Science Award
  • Helen Mary Morris Award for Women in Engineering
  • Regina Engineering Society Scholarship
  • Women in Environmental Systems Engineering Bursary

See the University of Regina's full scholarship list by going to the Student Awards and Financial Aid site.

Can I study abroad?
Yes! Petroleum systems engineering students gain great international perspectives through study abroad programs, where they see how other countries overcome challenges. Find more information on our Study Abroad Program site.


What petroleum systems engineering networking opportunities does U of R offer?

Petroleum systems engineering students take part in clubs, organizations and active student groups such as:

Where do graduates work?

Graduates succeed at organizations like:

  • ExxonMobil
  • British Petroleum (BP)
  • Shell
  • Imperial Oil
  • Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNRL)
  • Crescent Point
  • SaskEnergy
  • Schlumberger
  • Halliburton
  • Baker Hughes

Petroleum Systems Engineering Concepts and Goals

University of Regina's petroleum systems engineering degree students develop project management and problem-solving skills, as well as develop the broad knowledge needed to get a wide range of petroleum systems engineering jobs.


Take courses like drilling engineering, rock mechanics, well testing, heavy oil recovery and introduction to petroleum refinery — and go on field trips to places like Southern Saskatchewan Oil Battery. Receive the applied experience needed for a wide range of petroleum systems engineering jobs.


Use lab equipment including a PVT system and hydraulic fracturing tester. Get a co-op or internship. Practice petroleum engineering methods that take environmental sustainability into account.


Get a job with the potential $100,000 per year starting salary at companies like ExxonMobil, Crescent Point and Halliburton.

What Can You Do With a Petroleum Systems Engineering Degree?

University of Regina's petroleum systems engineering degree holders go on to work in the following jobs.

To explore minors that may be available in this program area, please visit the Academic Calendar or meet with your faculty advisor in the Academic Advising Office after you are admitted.


  • Exploration engineering
  • Drilling engineer
  • Mud engineer
  • Production engineering
  • Stimulation engineer
  • Operations engineer
  • Reservoir engineer
  • Pipeline engineer
  • Transportation engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Refining engineer

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